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Don’t Murder Your Co-Author… Especially If You’re Writing a Series
Don’t Murder Your Co-Author… Especially If You’re Writing a Series 1024 768 Reader Views

As with all your relationships, it’s always a good idea to choose your co-author wisely.

Today co-authors John Roosen and Susan Rogers give us a glimpse into the creation of the first book in their Yoga Mat Mysteries series – Dead Man’s Pose.

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How to Have a Professional Relationship with Your Editor
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Good authors need good editors. Finding and having a good relationship with them is in the interest of the book’s success. A good editor will be professional with an author’s work, while a good author will know how to treat the editor with courtesy and respect.

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Assertive Promotion: Going from Shy to Shameless
Assertive Promotion: Going from Shy to Shameless 1024 576 Reader Views

I don’t know about all other authors, but my biggest challenge in marketing my book was myself. Although, those who know me well will disagree with me, I am socially impaired. Here are some tips which helped me in my journey from shy to shameless promoting.

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Are You Making the Most of Your Promotional Opportunities?
Are You Making the Most of Your Promotional Opportunities? 1024 576 Reader Views

Independent bookstores, chains, and cultural outlets offer writers opportunities to show our books and generate sales. Whether they’re called author signings, author events, or store promotions, these exposures are excellent opportunities to boost book sales.

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The 2022 Literary Awards Program is Closed. What’s Next?
The 2022 Literary Awards Program is Closed. What’s Next? 1024 576 Reader Views

Well, it is that time of the year again. The 2022 Literary Awards Program is closed to submissions and our reviewers are busy, busy, busy getting all the titles read and reviewed. To that end, we have a couple of housekeeping notes and reminders.

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Unwind During the Holidays with a Good Book
Unwind During the Holidays with a Good Book 1024 576 Reader Views

We like to think that reading happens on a chair next to a window on a rainy day. Or maybe on our bed before we go to sleep. But the truth is that any time is a good time to pause and decompress through a good book.

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A Laptop is a Writer’s Best Friend
A Laptop is a Writer’s Best Friend 1024 576 Reader Views

One thing that a writer needs is to be is adaptable. Whether it’s improvising on what we use to write with (or on!), writers have to be able to get that writing done no matter what the situation is.

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The DO’s and DON’Ts of Submitting to Book Reviewers
The DO’s and DON’Ts of Submitting to Book Reviewers 1024 576 Reader Views

Book reviews are a great tool to encourage people to buy your book. The best way to get reviews is to roll up your sleeves and look for reviewers online that look professional and reliable. But before you send your books in, you must make sure you follow their guidelines. Yes, this means you must visit their website and find out everything you can about them. What genre they prefer, submission guidelines… etc.; and read a few reviews to see if they sound professional.

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Seven Most Important Lessons I Learned at Writing Conferences
Seven Most Important Lessons I Learned at Writing Conferences 1024 576 Reader Views

In every author interview I’ve given, one question invariably comes up.
“What suggestions do you have for new and aspiring writers?”
Although I could offer specific and concrete recommendations like write every day or commit to a 1000’s of words daily, I choose to go a different route. My first suggestion is always the same.
Attend a writers’ conference.

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Four Fulfilling Careers For Avid Readers
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Whether you like the feel of physical books or the convenience of e-books, there is nothing quite like reading something interesting or moving. And despite the world becoming increasingly visual, many people still love to read. Recent studies found that reading in the US experienced an uptick during the pandemic lockdowns with 75% of Americans saying they had read a book in 2021. Meanwhile, people are also picking up e-books more, with a recorded 30% compared to 25% in the previous year. With more people falling in love with reading, there will be more job seekers looking for a career that utilizes their new passion.

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